All candidates standing for the United Left Alliance must sign the following pledge:
The United Left Alliance has no confidence in conservative parties and believes that the interest of the poor and those on middle incomes cannot be furthered by coalition government with such parties. Accordingly, Alliance Oireachtas members will not give any support by voting or abstaining to any government or proposed government, including a “national government”, containing conservative parties including Fianna Fail or Fine Gael.
The Alliance believes that the super-rich should pay for the economic crisis. Accordingly, Alliance local authority representatives will vote against any local authority estimates including service charges on the general public. These charges include waste disposal charges, water charges or sewage and other such charges
Alliance local authority representatives will also vote against any cuts in public services provided by local authorities.
The United Left Alliance is vehemently opposed to the abuse of public funds through unnecessary travel on publicly funded expenses.
Alliance public representatives will vote against estimates which provide for an individualised budget for travel to conferences or other events to be drawn down solely at the discretion of the members.
Alliance public representatives will not attend at public expense, any conference or other event in Ireland or abroad which would be viewed by a reasonable person to be a junket.
Any conference or other event which Alliance public representatives attend at public expense shall be demonstrably related to advancing the ability of public representatives to more effectively represent their constituents, shall be demonstrably in the interest of working class representation and shall be compatible with the political programme of the Alliance.
In the event that a member of the Alliance attends a conference or other event compatible with the above guidelines, he or she should take only necessary expenses.
Any member of the United Left Alliance who participates in a conference or other event at public expense, whether in Ireland or abroad, which is a junket or an expenses earning racket, shall be excluded from the Alliance.